MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for UFC 108 featuring a light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans and Brazilian Thiago Silva, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.
Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.
In the listings below, “Main Event Fighters” are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show. “Main Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in the main event. “Preliminary Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the main card goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV or Internet broadcast.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
Rashad Evans $375,000 (includes $175,000 win bonus) def. Thiago Silva $55,000
Paul Daley $34,200 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Hazelett $19,800
*Daley was fined 10 percent of his purse for missing weight, which was given to Hazelett. The fine is reflected in the above numbers.
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
Sam Stout $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Joe Lauzon: $12,000
Jim Miller $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Duane “Bang” Ludwig $12,000
Junior Dos Santos $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Gilbert Yvel $30,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
Martin Kampmann $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Jacob Volkmann: $6,000
Cole Miller $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Dan Lauzon $15,000
Mark Munoz $32,000 (includes 16,000 win bonus) def. Ryan Jensen $6,000
Jake Ellenberger $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pyle $17,000
Rafaello Oliveira $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. John Gunderson $5,000
UFC 108 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $843,000
UFC 108 AWARDS & BONUSES
(Each fighter was awarded $50,000 per award, which is in addition to his disclosed salary.)
Fight of the Night:
-Sam Stout and Joe Lauzon
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night: